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President's message


Prof. Yasuhiko FUJII
The 71st (Mar. 31, 2015 - Mar. 31, 2016) and 72nd (Mar. 31, 2016 - Mar. 31,2017) President

May 2016

President's Message

This year 2016 is the second year of my two-year term presidency of the Physical Society of Japan (JPS) newly adopted. So far the President was newly elected every year.

During the first year 2015, we respectfully congratulated two JPS members, Prof. Takaaki Kajita (Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, University of Tokyo) on his receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 and Prof. Kosuke Morita (Kyushu University and RIKEN) on his naming privilege for the element 113 originally discovered by his group. On the other hand, we regretfully lost such an honorary JPS member as Prof. Yoichiro Nambu (Chicago University and Osaka University, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics 2008) passed away in July who left a lasting legacy for the benefit of not only our JPS but also worldwide physics community.

JPS has a long history since its foundation as Tokyo Mathematics Company in 1877 when physics and mathematics were not yet separately specialized. Its name changed as the Tokyo Mathematico-Physical Society in 1884 and the Physico-Mathematical Society of Japan in 1919, and it lasted for 69 years until the end of the World War II. In 1946 after the War, it was dissolved and two independent societies were established. One is our Physical Society of Japan and the other is the Mathematical Society of Japan. The last year 2015 was specially designated the year when the periods of our Society lasting before and after the War were equally the same as 69 years. This year 2016, therefore, we have been celebrating the 70th Anniversary since its establishment in 1946 to be followed by the 140th Anniversary in the next year 2017 since its foundation in 1877.

In 2011 JPS legally transformed its governance as required by the Corporation Act. Since then JPS has conducted the overall management under the new Constitution, Bylaws and Internal Regulations as depicted on this home page (English version). We wish to promote international interactions and joint activities among physical societies worldwide.

Prof. Y. Fujii's career is as follows:

1943 Born in Hiroshima
1973.9 Doctor of Science (Physics), Graduate School of Osaka University
1979.4 Assistant-Associate Physicist, Department of Physics, Brookhaven National Laboratory, U.S.A.
1981.12 Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering Science, Osaka University
1988.11 Professor, Institute of Materials Science, University of Tsukuba
1992.1 Professor, ISSP, University of Tokyo
1993.4 Chair,Neutron Scattering Laboratory, ISSP, University of Tokyo
2001.4 President, The Japanese Society for Neutron Science (-2005.3)
2004.4 Director, Neutron Science Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute JAERI
2004.6 Emeritus Professor of University of Tokyo
2007.10 Director General, Quantum Beam Science Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency JAEA
2010.4 Director, CROSS Tokai, Registered Institution for Scientific Neutron Beam Facility at J-PARC (-2014.5)
2011.10 Member, The Science Council of Japan (-2017.9)
2011.11 Chair, Commission on the Structure and Dynamics of Condensed Matter (C10), International Union of Pure and Applied Physics IUPAP (-2014.10)
2012.1 President, Asia-Oceania Neutron Scattering Association AONSA (-2013.12)

For JPS he served as Auditor (2013), Vice President/President Elect (2014) and the 71st President (2015).

Prof. Fujii's major research field is experimental condensed matter physics studied by neutron and synchrotron x-ray scattering. He has been involved in large-scale facilities such as research reactor and accelerator for condensed matter physics.